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Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12, beginning a year of the Ox.
More than 4000 years of history, traditions and customs
More than 20% of the world celebrate Chinese New, the most important holiday in China.
Some people compare it with Christmas, but despite some similarities between these two celebrations regarding gathering family and friends, eating more than regular days and long holidays, the customs and symbolisms are very different.
The Chinese New Year (CNY), also known as the Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history and is the longest holiday of the year.
In China, you’ll hear it being called chunjie (春节), or the Spring Festival. It’s still very wintry, but the holiday marks the end of the coldest days. People welcome spring and what it brings along: planting and harvests, new beginnings and fresh starts.
You can also call it the Lunar New Year because countries such as North and South Korea and Vietnam celebrate it as well. And because the Spring Festival goes according to the lunar calendar. Which means there’s no set date for Chinese New Year. Read more...